September 23, 2017

Dear Ray Families,
            An entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well at Ray.  When I met with faculty last June, I issued an open invitation to “dwell in possibility.”  I quickly discovered, in a school steeped in wonderful traditions, that our open-minded faculty is willing to consider new ideas, and new ways of doing old things, for the benefit of kids. 
            Here’s a sampling of “possibilities” under consideration in just the first few weeks of school: a Winter Festival to build community, a sister to our Field Day in the spring; Shakespeare in the Schools with Northern Stage to introduce the dramatic arts and the joys of public performance on a big stage; student Song Leaders at assemblies; a rolling school store constructed from scratch, and stocked with hand-made goods, that passes from classroom to classroom to promote financial literacy and business-mindedness; student design and construction of an outdoor classroom; bread baking for a cause in collaboration with King Arthur Flour to reinforce life skills and philanthropic impulses; a day trip to Nuvu Studio in Cambridge MA where our young engineers collaborate on a design challenge and get an insiders’ tour of MIT; “Rough-Draft Workshops” across grades to promote the value of the writing process; Super Junior Rangers program to promote ecological awareness and stewardship of the earth; collaboration with HOP START to infuse core units of study with dance, drama and visual arts.

Will all of these ideas come to fruition?  We will give each due diligence to ensure alignment with curricular goals and our overarching vision for our students.  No matter the ultimate outcome, we will continue to dwell in possibility, to adopt a can-do mindset, to ponder what if…? and why not…? on behalf of the wonderful children we share in common.  We invite you to do the same and share your best thinking with us. 

        Warmly, Lisa

Calling World Travelers!  
In preparation for a whirlwind "trip" around the world, 3rd grade students have been tackling indispensable mapping skills.  How does one acclimate to a map?  What is the difference between a map and a globe?  A map and an atlas?  What are scale and perspective?  What useful information can you find  (e.g., legend, compass rose)?  After getting a handle on skills and concepts like these, each class will begin their first continent study.


Ray Cafe: "Bill of Sale" Notice
Dear Families, if your children eat lunch on a daily basis, you may notice a double charge for lunch on Friday, September 22.  With the internet down on Thursday, charges were entered on Friday for both days.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Respectfully, Christine Hutchins, Cafe Manager

Haven Helpers
More than 10 years ago, the Ray School PTO and staff created an organization called Haven Helpers.  The aim was to encourage students and staff to community minded and help out neighbors in need.  Yesterday we delivered 164lbs of food and school supplies to the Haven, a non-profit organization that provides temporary shelter and educational programming for homeless families and adults, as well as food and clothing to anyone in need.  The 1st grade classes will be collecting for October.  Stay tuned for updates on requested type of donations.

How to Be an Elephant: Author Visit
Award-winning author-illustrator Katherine Roy visited Ray on Friday and spoke with students about the family dynamics at play in a typical African herd. Describing her own expedition to Kenya, Katherine mesmerized students with a description of the development of an elephant from an uncertain newborn into a majestic adult.  Afterwards she autographed How to Be an Elephant for students who had pre-ordered copies. 


PTO Booth at Hanover Fall Fest
Please join us at the PTO booth on Friday, September 29th from 4:00-6:30pm for games and fun activities during the Hanover Fall Fest at Storrs Pond.

October 4: Walk to School Day

On Wednesday, October 4th, we will take part in National Walk to School Day! New this year, Ray School students riding a bus will have the option to get off at the Garipay parking lot to walk Reservoir Road to the school or they can take the bus all the way to the school. If you walk from home, you can meet at specific places to walk to school in a group.

We don't have designated adults to walk from each meeting spot so we invite parents and guardians to join and get some exercise if your schedule allows. Several Kids & Community members and members of the Hanover Bike/Pedestrian Committee will position themselves at road crossings to ensure student safety.

Important pedestrian safety rules to review with children:

  • Walk together and share the sidewalk/road by walking no more than two by two.

  • Stop at road crossings and cross together as a group so we do not hold up traffic.

  • Walk facing traffic when there isn't a sidewalk.

  • When using the multi-use path along route 10, walk on the right side, pass on the left, and make sure to alert other pedestrians when you are passing.

  • Please use caution on Rip Road as there is no sidewalk!

Meeting locations:

  • Greensboro Road at Lebanon St. (Rt. 120) @ 6:50am

  • Carter St/Brockway St and Lebanon St. @ 7:05am

  • Wyeth & Dunster @ 6:50 am on to Brook Rd @ 6:55am

  • Dartmouth Green @ 7:05am

  • Balch & Park Street meeting up with the Green walkers @ 7:20am at traffic light

  • Camp Brook Road, bottom of hill @ 7:35am and on to meet the group at the bottom of MacDonald Drive

  • MacDonald Drive, bottom of hill @ 7:40am

  • Meadow Lane (Verona, Willow Springs) @ 7:20am

  • Kingsford, Rayton, Haskins & Low @ Rip Road 7:20am

  • Fletcher Circle @ 7:40am

  • Curtis, Woodmore, Dresden, Bridgeman neighborhood meet at Curtis/Reservoir @ 7:45am

Ray School & Howe Library Halloween Costume Swap
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PTO Volunteers:  Many Hands Make Light Work
Our school wouldn't shine so brightly without the Ray PTO, a volunteer-based group of parents, guardians and staff members who join together to support countless programs and activities: school dances, educational grants for teachers, and the birthday book club, to name just a few.  
We have 30 volunteers signed up so far--thank you!--and are aiming to match last year's number of 80.  We offer many options for working parents and even a minimal commitment can make a huge difference.  Guaranteed byproducts:  meet other parents, make new friends, become a fuller member of our wonderful Ray community.  Complete and submit the PTO Volunteer Form and a PTO member will get in touch with you soon.

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